29 June 2009
According to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, the Malaysia-based airline AirAsia Berhad will soon launch scheduled flights from Kuala Lumpur to Chengdu and Xi'an.
There will be four flights each week by Airbus A330. The flight will take five hours and 20 minutes from Chengdu to Kuala Lumpur.
AirAsia is the fourth foreign airline to launch scheduled flights in Chengdu — following Asiana Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Thai Airways International. The flight is expected to enhance the exchange of trade and tourism, and to strengthen the economic development of Kuala Lumpur and Chengdu.
The route was formerly operated by Malaysian Airlines but was canceled in 2006. AirAsia applied for a landing slot in Chengdu at around 14:00, but the specific time has not been approved yet.
In addition, Kunming Airlines will open regular Kunming-Chengdu flights; Spring Airlines has also signed a ground services agreement with Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.